Yesterday lunch time I was on the bridge of RFA Mounts Bay which is docked in Bodrum for a week. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary is a civilian manned fleet owned by the British Ministry of Defence and the ships serve as supply vessels to the forces. Anyone interested in the specifications should click here to read the details
The crew and officers aboard were all very welcoming and as we tucked into the ample buffet and sipped our drinks in our ladylike "cocktail" dresses, the inevitable question was asked; "What do you miss from the UK?" I never know what to say to this as it seems churlish to admit to missing nothing and the usual "PG Tips and sausages" is no good as I dislike both. "Marmite" is my only fallback answer.
After a while, I noticed that my fellow guests were taking photos and, as the crew were happily posing for shots, I realised how "Turkified" I had become. In the centre of Bodrum there are big signs outside the Jandarma and the military holiday camp forbidding any photography. I had assumed that I would be marched off to the brig if I started snapping. I had managed to squeeze my camera in my dainty bag at the expense of car keys so at a very late stage did manage to take a few shots.
We were even given a guided tour of upper and lower decks.